10 Random Tips I Learned To Feel Better Now
Try these small changes with me and let me know how you feel:
- Donate Love: Giving in any form is good, but giving love is especially gratifying. I know first-hand from delivering food to neighbors.
- Clean Your Showerhead: It’s the spot in the bathroom you’re most likely to overlook on cleaning day, but studies have found that it can harbor microbes that have been implicated in lung infections. Wash it every other week. Trust me on this one.
- Brush With Bamboo: I learned that Americans consign 25,000 tons worth of non-recyclable plastic toothbrushes to landfills annually. Bamboo brushes, on the other hand, are biodegradable and, unlike plastic brushes, antimicrobial as well. This adds another layer of protection against the germs that can cause yucky stuff in your mouth.
- Knead Your Feet: A foot massage is amazing not just for my aching feet but for my whole overburdened body. Most professional foot massages come at a relatively low price tag — but even buying a $20 foot-roller on Amazon can help just as well. This is mine.
- Get E-Organized: Try a to-do list app like Wunderlist or Todoist or Superhuman to boost organization and fight procrastination. What a difference it made for me.
- Give A Gift, Just Because: A surprise gift has a powerful impact on the recipient and the giver. I learned this from research out of the University of British Columbia that found that spending money on others served up greater overall satisfaction than spending it on oneself. (I kind of knew this already, but wanted to reinforce it again here). If short on cash, why not lend a hand with a necessary task — that brings the same sense of happiness. Right?
- Kick Off Your Shoes: Go barefoot. (perhaps in conjunction with #4 on this list?) It is still the best way, though, to avoid general foot aches and pains and promotes better balance. Also, it keeps your floors cleaner? I detest dirty floors.
- Relax With ASMR: Google “ASMR meditations” and you’ll find a plethora of videos or podcasts for ways to reduce stress using ASMR — autonomous sensory meridian response (basically the same feeling you get from a nice scalp massage). I didn’t know how popular this was until I read about it on someone else’s blog.
- Question Your Doctor: All doc visits can be stressful — but if we just accept what the doctor is ordering us — are we really doing ourselves justice? If you are unable to make a list of concerns before you visit, I always remember to ask follow-up questions as to why the doc is telling me this or to please explain further what is this medication for. I never settle for the status quo in general — but with doctors, even more so.
- Dark-Roast It: The dark beans increases what is called phenylindanes (don’t ever get me to say that out loud) — which can both protect and alleviate the symptoms of certain illnesses. The docs in my family tell me it’s just plain good for your overall health. So, drink up!
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